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Julie Anne McMath expresses her refined and original style in a wide range of dynamic and sophisticated pottery. Julie creates wheel thrown and constructed pottery with the finest of craftsmanship. Her work is delightful to use and is a feast for the eyes and the table alike. 

The intent of Julie's work is to inspire you; whether you are using it for food, flowers or display, her hope is that it will encourage you to celebrate the beauty of functional art in your home each day. Each of her pieces are functional, but can also be enjoyed as piece of art in its own right. Julie creates delightful pottery that is as functional as it is beautiful; each piece is infused with personality and life. Currently, she can be found working in her studio in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island BC.

Julie uses mid-fire white porcelain clay which is mined in Medicine Hat Alberta. Using a combination of original glazes and commercial stains allows Julie to create a wide range of vibrantly coloured glazes.

The first step in Julie's process is to make each item individually, on the potter's wheel. Each piece Julie makes is uniquely made by hand from start to finish.

The pieces are then partially dried to a leather-hard stage; each item is then turned upside-down on the potter's wheel and trimmed with sharp tools. At this stage, any fittings, handles, spouts or lids are made by hand and attached. Everything is now left to slowly dry to the green ware stage. Once completely dry, green ware pieces are loaded into an Electric Kiln and fired to 1062 degrees Celsius. The first firing is called a "bisque" firing. After the bisque firing, which takes approximately 12 hours to complete, the pieces are removed from the kiln and glazed.

Glaze is applied to the interior and exterior of each piece individually by dipping and pouring. For some pieces, it takes more time to glaze than it does to make. Once each glaze has been carefully dipped, poured or brushed, Julie re-loads the pieces into the kiln and does a second firing. This glaze firing takes the kiln up to a red-hot temperature of 1200 degrees Celsius and takes approximately 14 hours to reach temperature. The kiln is then cooled for 24 hours before opening it.